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After a nationwide search, College of the Mainland has named Michael McGee new executive director of human resources.

McGee has more than 20 years experience as a human resources officer with Houston ISD, Englewood ISD in San Antonio, and the U.S. Army.

They made history as kindergartners in the 2004-2005 school year, and thirteen years later they will come back together again to mark a new chapter in their lives as the first graduating class of the Clear Creek Independent School District’s Dual-Language Program. “The Dual Language Program not only honors the home language of the children but enriches their lives by bringing two different worlds together and broadens their horizons” said Michael Marquez, principal of McWhirter Elementary which is home to the first two-way immersion program in CCISD.

Now in its fourth year, 48 students to date have completed the San Jacinto College Energy Education and Career Corps (EECC) program thanks to support from $80,000 in grant funding from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation.

Since 2013, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation has awarded an annual $20,000 workforce development and education grant to the College to help support 12 San Jacinto College engineering design graphics students selected for the EECC program. Each fall 12 students are selected through an application process to participate in the EECC program. Once accepted, students participate in paid engineering or drafting-related internships and complete at least 288 work-based learning hours as a requirement of their associate of applied science degree or technical certificate. Some of the objectives of the EECC program are to demonstrate legal and ethical behavior, safety practices, and interpersonal and teamwork skills. Students also engage with employers by demonstrating professional written and verbal communication, using the terminology of the engineering/drafting industry and using reference materials to research standards for given drawings and assignments.

The City of League City is partnering with American Legion Post 554 to honor the men and women who sacrificed their lives for our country during a special Memorial Day Ceremony. The ceremony is scheduled for Monday, May 29 at Fairview Cemetery, 901 N. Kansas at 10 a.m.

The ceremony will feature a roll call of area servicemen and women who have died while in military service, presentation of the colors, and guest speakers including Mayor Pat Hallisey, American Legion Post 554 Commander Christopher Smith, and John Schoelkopf from Fairview Cemetery.

Nominations are now being accepted for annual awards for Distinguished Clear Creek Independent School District (CCISD) Alumni, CCISD Superstars and the Dennis Johnson Memorial Small Business Award. Recipients are selected by the Clear Creek Education Foundation.

University of Houston-Clear Lake Pearland Campus broke ground on a three-story, $24.6 million Health Sciences and Classroom Building that will allow expansion of programs in nursing and other healthcare careers. Scheduled to open spring 2019, the facility will eventually include a satellite operation of UHCL’s Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities.

Construction was made possible by a bill passed in the 2015 Texas Legislature, championed by state Sen. Larry Taylor and state Rep. Ed Thompson with support from Pearland Mayor Tom Reid, the Pearland Chamber of Commerce and Pearland Economic Development Corporation.

Galveston College will be offering a new version of its Kid’s College programs this summer.

Courses for students ages 8 through 14 include Minecraft Designers, App Attack, Design Your Own 3D Video Game, Private Lessons in Guitar and Ukulele, and Cupcake Crazies. Minecraft Designers, App Attack and Design Your Own 3D Video Game courses are offered in June and July at a cost of $129 each. Guitar and Ukulele Instruction begins May 19 and runs through August 10 at a cost of $99. Cupcake Crazies is offered in June and July at a cost of $99. For full details and to register for these classes call 409-944-1344 or go to

Thirteen College of the Mainland theatre majors are now armed with certifications in single sword fighting after excelling May 4 on double-edged tests.

Yes, there is a national certificate—issued by the Society of American Fight Directors—for actors who train in sword fighting on the stage or in the movies.

The Clear Creek Education Foundation (CCEF) is hard at work planning the 2nd annual CCISD Alumni and Friends TopGolf Tournament, Presented by Dvorak and Associates! The event will be held on Thursday, June 22, 2017 from 3:00 to 6:00PM at TopGolf in Webster, Texas. Space is limited but it’s not too late to sign up! Register by June 12th to secure your spot at the tournament.

The tournament is open to the community and you DO NOT have to be a CCISD Alumni to participate. In fact, TopGolf is a no experience required activity, so this is a great opportunity to gather with old classmates, coworkers, friends, and family and register a team for an afternoon of fun and fellowship! CCEF has an exciting afternoon in store including special appearances by CCISD Alumni favorites and some community celebrities!

Ron Carter Hyundai, Texas’ premier Hyundai dealership, today announced their Hug A Hyundai Marathon event. The Houston-based Hyundai dealer will be giving away a brand new 2017 Hyundai Elantra to one lucky contestant who can ‘hug-a-Hyundai’ for 50 hours.